Step 3: Choose your supports

Your tree house is going to need support to help it withstand the weight of children playing inside it as well as the pressures of the elements it’s exposed to. Over the many years of tree house building, we’ve devised a number of clever ways to do this.

There’s “the post method”, which involves sticking support posts deep into the ground near the tree. This method is popular because the posts don’t actually touch the tree itself, so it’s not in danger of being damaged.

The “bolt method” is more traditional, and a little bit less tree-friendly. You bolt support beams directly into the tree, holding everything in place. If you choose your materials carefully, this needn’t damage the tree too much.

The “suspension” method comes at the problem literally from a different angle. Using cables, chains or ropes, you suspend the tree house from the strongest high branches. This design very much depends on you having the right kind of tree, and it can be a risk if you expect the tree house is going to have to hold a significant amount of weight.
<p>Thanks for enjoying and sharing my photo! great instructable too! </p>
<p>what book is that photo out of? the one saying how to build a tree house in one tree.</p>
Lol we got that book at the library like 2 weeks ago it's &quot;a weekend project book tree house you can acutally build&quot; by David &amp; Jeanie stiles.
Cool I've always wanted to make one it looks like it will work great
<p>Excellent tips for building a tree house. This can be a great to plan a perfect tree house. Lots of things needs to consider for planning a perfect tree house. There are many tree house builders who offer services to build a tree house. For more information you can visit <a href="http://www.treetopbuilders.net" rel="nofollow">www.treetopbuilders.net</a> .</p>
<p>Yes! I have always wanted to make a tree house! now a guide and an upcoming summer!</p>

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Bio: Sam Wright is a freelance writer who works with Flights of Fantasy and wants to live in luxury tree houses.
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